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Travel Guide: South Haven, MI

Happy Wednesday y’all! I have a super fun travel blog post for you today!

For the 4th of July this year we went to South Haven, Michigan. Mind you growing up I used to go every year with my family for the 4th but once I started college and took summer classes almost every year it was difficult to go at all besides for Christmas. I probably haven’t been for 8 years for the summer and Travis has never seen the town not covered in snow and mostly shut down.

So I’m sharing some of my must do’s if you ever travel to South Haven or Saugatuck, MI.

To start off with our fabulous place we stayed, Ira’s Acres. The sweetest Airbnb that was perfectly decorated and a beautiful piece of property, perfect for a summer vacay! The whole house is so cute and inviting and the most picture worthy South Haven home! I highly recommend if you make it out there!

Next let’s talk food! Y’all know Travis and I are huge foodies and South Haven has some great places to try! We would highly recommend Taste which is more of a tapas style restaurant and has amazing food! Another placed the Travis really loved was Three Blondes Brewing which had great local beer and delicious bites, the atmosphere is really cool and casual! Of course we can’t forget dessert! Definitely check out Sherman Dairy Bar which has the best ice cream in town and has been around a long time and super popular among the locals, we are talking take a number kind of popular! The servings are generous and I got the amazing banana pudding ice cream! So good!

Another cool place we went was Virtue Cider and did some cider tasting and exploring around the grounds! I was so cool to see how they house the cider and taste all the different flavors! I highly recommend!

Next up things to do in town: first off if you are in town for the 4th of July the fireworks are a must of course! They shoot them off over the lake and if you plant a blanket down on the bluff earlier in the day you’ll have an awesome seat for the show! I also recommend walking downtown and enjoying the cute shops and restaurants. A must is also hitting a movie at the Michigan 3 Theater, Travis and I saw Spider Man and got snacks for less than $15 total y’all you can not get there here in Orlando!

Finally our last day in Michigan we went to Saugatuck again another favorite of mine! In the summer time it’s tradition for us to walk up Mt. Bawldy and write our names at the top! We have been doing this since I can remember and when I first started dating Travis I wrote our names at the top 8 years later he finally got to walk up there with me and see it! It 306 stairs straight up and it’s totally worth it! After that we grabbed lunch at Phil’s they have the best steak and goat cheese salad ever! The shops are super great to and have lots of cute things! If you have a day to explore definitely check it out!

I hope y’all have enjoyed this travel guide for South Haven, MI let me know if you have any questions below!

Annual Daytona Beach Trip

Happy Wednesday Friends!

Y’all know that for the past few years now Travis and I have taken a little weekend vacay once a year to Daytona Beach and it’s a great time for us to reset and enjoy the start of summer! I love to share travel blogs with y’all the most probably because traveling and doing something different than everyday life is fun and a great escape!

We got to The Hyatt Place on Friday and immediately went to the pool to relax and enjoy golden hour before grabbing pizza at my favorite pizza place in Daytona, Rossellini’s! We get a basic cheese and peperonni pizza with ranch and y’all it’s one of the best places I’ve ever been for pizza!

Saturday we hit the beach and pool pretty much all day after grabbing our complimentary breakfast at the hotel. I’m loving all the gingham this summer and this suit from Old Navy is not exception. I paired it with some retro sunnies, also from Old Navy and some earrings from Bauble Bar, topped it off with a red lip and you could say I was probably the most over done person at the pool, LOL!

Moving on to Saturday evening we decided to check out a new restaurant as we tend to go to the same places while we are here. We decided to give Cocina 214-Daytona Beach a try! Y’all this is probably some of the best Mexican food I’ve ever had! Their queso blanco with chorizo and chip is out of this world! Seriously what dreams are made of! Travis got tacos with rice and beans and I got the enchiladas and we were not disappointed! Everything was amazing! The restaurant itself is stunning inside and looks out to the water so I decided to wear this little tropical print number to dinner. Again the dress is from Old Navy paired with my go to summer LC Lauren Conrad straw bag with flip-flops and it was the perfect casual dinner outfit! We finished the evening taking a stroll on the beach and just enjoying the water and each-others company, sappy I know.

On our last day we soaked up as much beach and pool as we could before heading home. I brought this fun pink suit from Aerie to snap some shots of and absolutely adore the color and style! Paired with some simple gold earrings, white sunnies, and pink lip I loved this look!

That’s about it for this years trip! We had a great time and just love our time by the water and hope to move closer to it again someday soon!

xoxo

Spring & Easter Dress Options

Happy Wednesday Friends!

Hope y’all are having a great week so far! I have a short week this week as I’m taking Friday off to finally shoot our engagement photos and then head on a mini vacay right after that!! Woot woot! Love me a long weekend!

This week I wanted to share with you one of my favorite dresses for spring and summer along with some fun dress options for Easter next weekend! This dress below is from Old Navy and is one of my favorite dresses they have ever sold! I know that’s a heavy statement but this dress is so light weight and comfortable, perfect for spring and summer here in Florida but there is a plus…this dress has a hidden button between the first and second button that guarantees there won’t be any gaping hole between buttons, this is a game changer! If struggled with tops and dresses that button my whole life and this is amazing! I talked a bit about this on my stories as well @lifestyle_w_laramie if you want to check it out! Anyways this dress comes in a few different colors and patterns and just an overall must have in your closet! It’s perfect for the office, brunch, shopping you name it, I’m wearing this dress everywhere!

Old Navy is killing it in the dress department this season so I’m including some of my favorite below! They are great Easter options as well as just spring/summer dress options to have in your closet! I practically live in dresses during the hotter months so I love having so many options!

What do y’all do for the Easter holiday? Do you have a big celebration or is it more of a casual day? Let me know below!


A Sea of Blue

Happy Thursday y’all!

This is a throwback Thursday to my favorite look I work on our recent cruise! I mean I love the blue on blue aspect of this whole thing. When planning my looks for the cruise this was a definite, you know blue seas, blue outfit, you get it! Anyway this dress is from Forever 21 and I got it for a steal for under $20, and finished the look with these fun blue tinted aviators and my favorite summer wedges from Macy’s.

We shot this look at the top of the ship in some of my favorite areas. I just love all the blue tons and the I just love how the whole look cam together.

On a side note I have some great gift guides coming along with fun holiday looks and maybe even some recipes too! I can’t wait to share with you all!

Our Cruise on The Disney Dream

Sorry this post isn’t going up until Friday this week y’all. We have been super busy between traveling, wedding planning, my photography and getting ready for the holidays life is super overwhelming…in a great way! Anyway, a few weeks ago I embarked on my first cruise EVER! Call me crazy but the movie Titanic stuck with me ok, I tend to over think things, lol!

I was the photographer for Chris and Mer’s wedding that was taking place on The Disney Dream and Travis was in the wedding so therefore we were going on this cruise. Travis and I have never taken a cruise together and me never so we were in for an adventure.

As a first time cruise goer I didn’t have any problem with sea sickness or anything like that (thank goodness) and loved all the beautiful parts of the ship, especially for the wedding photos! So many great spots! The food was amazing everyday and the customer service in general was on point, it is Disney after all.

If you have never been on a cruise and are preparing to go soon I would keep a few things in mind. Do your research, if you are stopping anywhere on your trip see where you’re docking has to offer; excursions, shops, food. Also take everything into account; as in gratuities, extra drinks, souvenirs ex, make sure you know exactly what you are planning on spending when you get on the ship. It will take all the stress off you later if you plan ahead! Above all else have a blast! Order the extra dessert, lounge by the pool and attend all the shows, we had a great time and can’t wait to plan our next trip!

Below are just a few highlights from our trip! We loved the towel animals every night, all the yummy treats, and really enjoyed Castaway Cay!

Do you have any trips planned that are coming up? I would love to hear about where you’re traveling to!

Yearly Daytona Beach Trip

Happy October everyone! Can anyone else not believe that it’s like three months until the holidays?! Where did time ago? Anyways Travis and I took our now annual trip to Daytona Beach this past weekend and had a blast as always. We have stayed at the Hyatt Place Daytona Beach Shores for 3 years now and don’t plan on stopping! It’s a close drive but we are definitely the happiest close to the water, it’s the Sarasota girl in me growing up ten minutes from the beach!

We got to the hotel Friday after work in time to watch the sunset and enjoy some relaxation and dinner! I’m always super casual driving to the beach so this was my travel look if you will.

Of course we spent most of our time on the beach and at the pool! I brought a few suits from Loft to sport on the beach and love this one! It was $15 on clearance and the color was perfect and goes perfect with that big blue sky!

Saturday night we hit one of our favorite spots to eat, Ocean Deck. This is one of our favorite spots super casual and on the beach but I love wearing a good sun dress. This dress is from Forever 21+ I grabbed this on sale as well for $13 its super cute and I plan on packing it for our cruise too!

Sunday Funday was for the beach and we grabbed some shots of this other Loft suit with a little more sass! This suit is out of my comfort zone but going out of your comfort zone is good for you, right?!

Seven Magic Mountains Desert Vibes

Happy Wednesday babes!

This one is for my fellow curvy girls out there! If you're like me you grew up with Forever 21 being super popular. Well it still is but their sizing is on a whole other level sometimes. Depending on the type of fabric and style I could be a regular size large or a plus size 0, crazy right?

Well until recently I didn't explore their plus size section because honestly their sizing had frustrated me in the past. I made a trip to the mall a few weeks ago and was amazed at the variety in the plus size section. I picked up a few dresses that I took to Vegas and below is one of them! My hats off to brands that are trying to be more size inclusive I'm a size 8/10 and even at that size it's hard to shop some places. Every woman no matter what size deserves to feel as though they can wear whatever they want and have options at any store!

Anyways the dress was a steal at $12 from Forever 21 and the wedges are from Charlotte Russe for $15 it's the perfect easy outfit throw it on and go! I swapped out the wedges for sandals and that was worn on the plane home, yep that comfy! 

Viva Las Vegas

We just got back from our Las Vegas trip Tuesday morning so of course I had to let all know about the must sees and dos when visiting the strip!

We stayed at the Paris Hotel for a few nights to really experience the strip and walk around! The hotel was amazing so chic inside, crystal chandeliers everywhere and just an overall Paris vibe of course. The pool over looked the Eiffel Tower of the hotel and was an absolutely stunning view while laying out by the water. 

Let's talk food! So as soon as we got off the plane at LAX we headed straight to In-N-Out for the first time EVER on our way to Las Vegas. Ya'll it was everything  I imagined and when you've been on a plane for hours and starving it tastes extra good! Another fun spot we checked out was Taco Bell Cantina, yes the food you can get anywhere but not the drinks they have 7 different slushy flavors in which you can add a shot of alcohol and have the perfect drink to beat the heat! To top it off we had to stop and get Fat Tuesdays because when in Vegas! 

Some must do activities would include visiting old Vegas, Fremont St. and seeing everything there. Also if you are adventurous check out the High Roller Ferris Wheel the view is amazing and it is a perfect way to see the city! Of course if you have time check out a show they have tons to offer and tons of amazing singers have residencies in Vegas currently! 

Lastly if you have time on your way out of Las Vegas make sure to stop at the Seven Magic Mountains! It is so cool and different, definitely a must to stop and take some photos with these colorful rocks! Do expect it to be packed I would highly suggest maybe getting there earlier in the morning to beat the crowd but again totally recommend it!

Have you ever been to Las Vegas? Let me know in the comments below we are thinking about going again sometime and exploring more! 

Top 7 Travel Essentials

Happy Thursday everyone! I wanted to sit down and talk travel essentials for a few minutes. I have several trips planned for this year and am working on booking more trips and have quickly learned that we all have our basic things we bring on every trip. That being said I have 7 travel essentials besides basic necessities that I take with me on every trip I go on and they really have come in handy recently with all our traveling. Check out my top 7 travel essentials below and let me know your must haves when traveling!  


1. Of course first things first is my suitcase. I recently invested in a hard shell suitcase from iFLY that is super cute but also heavy duty. I love how easy it is to pack and how much it holds. I only travel with a carry on suitcase as it saves time and money when traveling as well! I've linked my suitcase below as well as a few others I love!

2. Next thing is a toiletry bag. I'm obsessed with my Genoa Voyager Toiletry Bag from Hudson + Bleeker. This bag is perfect for traveling whether just escaping for the weekend or leaving on a 2 week excursion you will want this bag with you. I'm nortorious for packing several different bags for different things and this keeps it simple. I pack this bag for toiletries and another for makeup that's it. Find my bag linked below along with a few others that I adore!

3. Makeup is my kryptonite and I can't travel without it, needless to say I need a bag that can take it. My friend Mer got me my current makeup bag that I adore for traveling as it has a seperate area for brushes and is durable and easy to clean. It's the perfect size and highly recommend having a makeup bag like it that can withstand the travel. Again I've linked my bag below along with other recommendations. 

4. Of course you need your travel sized toiletries for your trip. I always have my shampoo, conditioner, face wash, perfume, and micellar water. I pick up all my travel sized toiletries at Ulta and Target. Below are some of my favorites that I take everywhere with me.

5. Every time I travel I always make sure to have a sweater, doesn't matter if I'm going to the hottest destination or not I always have a sweater for the plane or if you happen to get chilly out to dinner or something. My must have cardigan is from White House Black Market, below are some other favorites too.

6. Up next I always travel with flats, or whatever is your most comfortable walking shoe because let's be honest you don't want to be stuck without comfy shoes. Never travel without shoes that you can live in because when you travel you never know what you'll be doing. Again some favorites linked below.

7. Final must have for travel besides the absolute necessities is a basic T-shirt and some jeans because you can't go wrong with that outfit. Casual and comfortable is the absolute way to travel. My go to as you all know is Old Navy and Loft for my casual looks check out some must haves below.

Hope you all enjoyed this post, please let me know your travel must haves in the comments below!

Vero Beach Weekend Vaca

Happy New Year everyone! Hope you all have had a great start to the new year and have set some goals for 2018! One of my goals this year is to travel more and have started fulfilling this goal already with our first trip of the year to Vero Beach. We spent this past weekend celebrating our close friends' Mer's birthday at Disney's Vero Beach Resort! What a stunning place to start off the new year! The decor around the whole hotel was stunning so nautical and clean, giving me perfect beach vibes! Although it's still pretty chilly here in FL we still hit the beach for a few minutes...in jeans...before dinner LOL! Never the less we still had a blast hanging out with our friends and venturing to a new place! Below you can find some of my looks from the weekend! Hope you all enjoy! Where are you traveling this year? Let me know!


Saturday during the day we played some mini golf and corn hole so of course it was a jeans and t-shirt kind of day. I kept it tropical with the lime green T and royal blue earrings since we were at the beach after all.

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Saturday night we grabbed a few quick photos on the beach before heading out to dinner. Yes, it was so cold hence the jeans and sweater but you can't vacation at the beach and not go to the beach right?

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Sunday before heading home we enjoyed some sunshine and the beautiful resort! Literally such a stunning place!

Miami Trip

Happy Wednesday Everyone! I'm still getting back to my normal routine from getting back from our amazing trip to Miami! We had such a fun time visiting and I'm excited to share all the details with you guys!


We drove to Miami on Friday and for the most part missed rush hour traffic...for the MOST part lol! Once we checked into our hotel we immediately got ready to go to happy hour at a retro place I found called Vagabond Kitchen & Bar that is part of a motel! Guys! This place was probably my favorite place of the entire trip! The drinks and food were absolutely amazing! The menu is simple and clean the food is impeccable paired with the craft cocktails this place is a must when visiting Miami! Also the decor in this place is like none other, it's like something out of a movie, very retro chic! Seriously so good! Below is some of the food which included truffle fries, croque monsieur, and goat cheese croquetas! Also how awesome is the interior of this place?! So cool!

Below that you will find my light and airy outfit from happy hour and can shop the look as well! 

Check out the Vagabond Kitchen & Bar HERE


Saturday was our South Beach day of course! We hit the News Cafe for brunch before hitting the beach! This place is so fun and right across from South Beach! The food was delicious and it's a popular place for locals and another must if you're just visiting the area! Below you can find some of the food and details from this fun restaurant! After brunch and the beach we hit Wet Willies for a cold daiquiri before walking around Collin's Ave and Lincoln Rd. Later that evening we got take out from another cool place, Crust! Super yummy pizza and great price point! Needless to say Saturday was a blast!

Check out Crust HERE

Also check out News Cafe HERE


Sunday Funday consisted of the Dodgers vs. Marlins game! We were representing the LA Dodgers! Go Dodgers go! The last time I went to a baseball game I'm pretty sure I was 10 and had no idea what the point of this game was! Needless to say I still don't understand all the rules but it was really cool to be pretty close to the field and watch the game! You can't go wrong with a hot dog and a baseball game on a Sunday, right?! It was a pretty cool and fun experience! My outfit was a pretty standard comfortable and blue of course pairing to represent our team that of course WON! Shop my look below!


As you can see we had an amazing time in Miami! It was a blast exploring another city! I've always loved Miami and it's a different experience every time I visit, that's the best part about a city like this! Let me know where you guys would like to see us venture to next! xoxo

Daytona Beach Vacation

Happy June everyone! My Fiance and I started June off right this weekend with our favorites by escaping to Daytona Beach, FL and staying at the Hyatt Place Daytona Beach-Oceanfront! This trip was actually a gift to my Fiance for his birthday and we had literally one of the best weekends we have had in a minute! Again like our St. Pete trip I'll take you on a play by play of our trip! Hope you all enjoy and please let me know if you enjoy these travel blogs!


We got to Daytona Beach around 5:30 pm on Friday and immediately grabbed some food to take back to the hotel. We grabbed some pizza at this sweet little Italian restaurant called, Rossellini's. This place is located super close to the beach and had some super delicious pizza at an amazing price! I highly recommend if you are in the mood for some authentic Italian food and pizza while out in Daytona hit up this yummy restaurant. After dinner and hanging out a bit in the hotel we walked down to the pool area and hung out. My favorite part about this hotel is you walk out to the pool and then just walk right onto the beach, so convenient and easy! 

Below you will find my car outfit, every piece from Oldnavy and super comfy! You will also find my swimsuit from the first night there!

Top: Old Navy $10
Jean short: Old Navy $10 (each)
Sneakers: Old Navy $20
Sunnies: TJ Maxx $10
Swimsuit: TJ Maxx $25
Flipflops: Nordstrom $19

Saturday was our big beach/pool day! The weather held out for us and it was beautiful on Saturday! Blue skies and sun on a sandy beach, that's my happy place! We were able to grab free hotel breakfast that morning and oh was it good! Then walked out to the beach and spent most of our day out there! We really just relaxed and had a great time. We grabbed some quick Subway sandwiches to hold us over till dinner later and hit the pool right after that! Below is my outfit for Saturday and the details!

Top: Old Navy $10
Jean short: Old Navy $10
Sunnies: TJ Maxx $10
Swimsuit: TJ Maxx $30
Flipflops: Kohls $10
Sandals: Old Navy $19

Following our fabulous beach day we went to one of my favorite restaurants on Daytona Beach, Ocean Deck! I highly recommend this place, there is something there for everyone, especially fresh seafood and yummy drinks! I had the ahi tuna with rice and potatoes and can I tell you it was so good, melt it your mouth deliciousness! We dressed up a little bit and had a great time! Outfit details below :)

Dress: TJ Maxx $20
Bag: Kohl's $22
Earrings: Target $13
Shoes: Macy's $20 (I swapped out the sandals for the wedges pictured)

So needless to say our trip was amazing! The Hyatt Place is the place to be on Daytona Beach and I would definitely give them 5 stars with the free breakfast and wifi you can't go wrong! The food was great and overall we were so happy with everything on this trip! Want to see us travel somewhere else? Let me know in the comments below!

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